It Won't Hurt Forever: Guiding Your Child Through Trauma

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9781591793021: It Won't Hurt Forever: Guiding Your Child Through Trauma

Your child has just experienced a distressing event a bicycle fall,a medical procedure,a frightening encounter with a dog. What do you do? Most of us would try to comfort the child, and then hope for the best. There is more you can do than just hope, teaches Peter Levine. On It Won't Hurt Forever, Dr. Levine offers his 35 years of expertise in healing emotional trauma to show you a better way to help your child. Stress researchers now know that after a painful or fearful experience, children may endure such symptoms as unexplainable pain, nightmares, bedwetting, nervousness, aggression, and other problems. Why? Because all animals, including humans, possess a natural physiological process for discharging the energy of such experiences, explains Dr. Levine. When that process is thwarted, a child may suffer long after the event. Now, with this groundbreaking audio-learning program for parents and caretakers, you can gain the skills you need to help a child recover from frightening events in a healthier, more natural way using the body's own healing mechanisms. Children possess the innate ability to respond and recover from potentially traumatic circumstances. With It Won't Hurt Forever, you will learn how to activate this priceless resource within any child in need. Includes 18-page study guide and ten full-color illustrations

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The ability to heal is innate, making the adult's role simple: it is to help children access their own ability to recover. This is similar in any ways to the function of a band-aid or a splint. The band-aid or splint doesn't heal the wound, but protects it, and supports the body in restoring itself. When appropriately guided, children will grow stronger and will have an increased immunity from the effects of future potential traumas. The suggestions provided here are meant to enable adults to be good "band-aids" for children.

How to use this audio learning set:

It is suggested that you first listen to the two audiotapes without your child. This will give you a broad idea of the nature of trauma in children, and provide you with various things that you can do to help prevent traumatic symptoms from developing in children after stressful events. It also explains how to help children regain balance and resilience after traumatization. Next, it is suggested that you read the provided parent's guide as a review and so that you will know how to best use the final section of the program to help guide your child with the spoken rhymes and fold-out pictures. Finally, to offer best support for your child as you work with the rhymes, it is important to take time to study the verses and the corresponding instructions prior to listening together. This way you will be ready for the various possible responses from your child - and better in control of your own reactions.

About the Author:

Peter A. Levine received his Ph.D. in medical and biological physics from the University of California at Berkeley, and also holds a doctorate in psychology from International University. During his 35-year study of stress and trauma, he has contributed to scientific and medical publications and served as consultant for NASAs space shuttle project. He has taught at the Hopi Guidance Center and at hospitals, trauma centers and pain clinics throughout the world.

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